Word of the Day – Skelf

By March 19, 2017Word of the Day

Skelf (noun) (Scots)


A splinter or piece of wood. Also used to describe an annoying person.

Scottish, almost certainly a variation on shelf.

Example sentences

“A’ve goat a skelf the size of a toothpick in my finger”

“Daen’t be such a skelf, yer an idiot.”

Word of the Day – Rampallion

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Rampallion (noun) (rare) (archaic)


A ruffian, a villain, a rascal.

Late 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Nashe (d. c1601), writer. Origin uncertain. Perhaps from ramp + -allion, perhaps showing alteration of rascallion by association with ramp. Perhaps compare later ramscallion, rapscallion, tatterdemalion.

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Word of the Day – Paraph

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Paraph (noun)


A flourish at the end of a signature, usually as a precaution against forgery.

Late Middle English (denoting a paragraph): from French paraphe, from medieval Latin paraphus (contraction of paragraphus ‘short horizontal stroke’).

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